Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels served as the basis for a highly successful trilogy of Swedish films, starting with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which also served to launch the career of actress Noomi Rapace. There was hope that an English language adaptation of the novels would be met with similar success, but that hope is diminishing.
Rooney Mara, who starred opposite Daniel Craig in director David Fincher’s 2011 version, was recently interviewed by Screen Daily, and when asked about the possibility of an adaption of the second book in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, she seemed doubtful.
Yes, I’m still open to it but I’m not holding out hope any more.
Of course, Mara has been pessimistic about returning for a second film for some time. Back in February 2015, she also expressed doubts that the project would ever come about.
Sony’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo did gross $232 million from a reported $90 million production budget, which should have placed it comfortably in the black. A sequel should have been something that the studio was pushing for. Some sources say that the studio was not willing to meet Craig’s salary demands, which were on the rise thanks to his work in his other franchise for Sony, the James Bond series. But at this point, I would also hazard a guess that with it now being five years since Fincher’s film hit theaters, the studio feels everyone, including audiences, have moved on. Then again, if journalists are still asking about a sequel, perhaps not everyone has.